Posted in The Wired Mom
March 13, 2011

The Wired Mom: What’s up with Twitter?

Yes, I am The Wired Mom. Not just because of my addiction to caffeine, but because I don’t seem to go anywhere without my phone or my laptop. Need I remind everyone of my birthday weekend, where TheBoy and I rejoiced because they had free wifi at our hotel?

Anyways, I use Twitter. I joined it 4 years ago, though admittedly, it took awhile before I was using it daily. I see it as an easy way to share thoughts on my mind that wouldn’t fill out a blog post and to share links I find useful.

At some point in time, you get to the point where you have a lot of people you follow. I’m hovering around 190 right now, and it’s everyone- from friends and family, to bloggers I like, artists I enjoy, writers, geek celebs, news agencies, chefs and food trucks. And I like following them all.

Keeping up with everyone through Twitter’s website would be difficult. I’ve come to rely on TweetDeck, which is a third party client that lets you tweet and see your Twitter stream divided up by your lists. You get context all of a sudden, and it makes keeping up so much easier.

However, Twitter doesn’t like these third party apps. On Friday, Twitter sent a note to developers that included this quote from Ryan Sarver (their director of platform), “Developers ask us if they should build client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience. The answer is no.”

I love you Twitter, I really do. But it’s statements like this that make me cringe. I have a long dislike of companies that decide that ultimately they know what’s best for you.

I have no options with Facebook. I can post statuses through other clients, but for the most part it’s hard to really interact with people unless you visit its website. With third party apps for Twitter, I can customize my experience so that I’m getting the most out of Twitter and easily keep up with everyone. It’s the beauty of Twitter having such a simple information stream. It’s infinitely tweakable.

I think most people fell in love with that, too. I understand that as a company, Twitter wants to make a profit off its own apps, but unless they find ways to offer some of the features that these third party clients offer- they mind wind up alienating companies and people with much larger fanbases.

So there you have it Twitter. Either find a way to accommodate the features that the 10% who don’t use your own apps want… or just embrace it and focus on making Twitter a great experience. After all, a 90% adoption rate is pretty darn good.

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